Burmese Tea Shops


Burmese Tea House Pastries

Burmese Tea House Pastries

There is something enjoyable about slowing down, taking a seat and having a cup of tea. I am not talking about your posh, formal English High Tea — but something just as civilized in the true sense of the word — and to me more enjoyable.

When in Burma I quickly discovered that one of my favorite activities was going to a local tea house and just watching the world go by. It took a few tries to figure it out the routine but most tea shops is the same. Find a stool, usually a very short plastic one, sit at a table and grab cup from the ones already sitting there. If the cup isn’t looking too clean use some tea from the pot already on the table wash it and wipe it out with a napkin. Don’t worry, people won’t think you are a hypochondriac; this is what the locals do as well.

Typical Burmese Tea ShopThe tea in the pot is Chinese Green Tea. It is free and there for you to drink as much as you like. When the waiter comes over you can then order a stronger black tea. You can have it plain if you want but most people drink it with sweetened condensed milk. Usually while you are sitting a plate of something to eat will arrive and be put on the table. Sometimes it is candy, other times it is a savory pastry or something else. You will be expected to pay for what you take but invariably, especially in the more crowded places, it will be something delicious and the bill, everything included, only comes to a dollar or two.

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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